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John Garvey, University President, published an article on the anniversary of Nostra Aetate at Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. See below.

John Garvey: Extraordinary Yet Ordinary Nostra Aetate

From: Religion & Ethics Newsweekly
Date: Oct. 20, 2015
Author: John Garvey

The impact of Nostra Aetate over the last five decades has been extraordinary. Perhaps the greatest sign of this is that to young people, like undergraduates at my university, Nostra Aetate doesn’t seem extraordinary at all.

These young men and women find nothing strange in the idea that “God holds the Jews most dear for the sake of their fathers,” as Nostra Aetate teaches. Before they were born, St. John Paul II had already visited the Roman synagogue to pray with the Jewish community. In their lifetime Pope Benedict XVI developed the scriptural interpretation that underlies Nostra Aetate’s teaching on Jewish–Christian relations. Pope Francis co-authored an interfaith reflection on faith and family with a Jewish rabbi and close friend before his election to the papacy. Young people today have never known a church that does not recognize the Jews as the “root of that well-cultivated olive tree onto which have been grafted the wild shoots, the Gentiles.”

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